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Microsoft's 'ordinary Joe' promises Windows 7 bliss

Windows chief Steven Sinofsky has wheeled in an "ordinary" developer to re-assure folks that Microsoft won't repeat the mistakes of Windows Vista in Windows 7.
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Daily Mirror trapped in Wikicirclejerk

Yes, Virginia, Wikipedia is a trusted source for journalists the world over. Just ask David Anderson of The Daily Mirror.
Cade Metz, 17 2008
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HP-EDS combo makes General Motors 'uncomfortable'

HP commands one third of General Motors' $15bn annual technology budget, following its takeover of EDS. And GM doesn't like it.
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RFID remotes have line-of-sight in their sights

Taiwanese electronics specialist Favite has been demonstrating its latest remote control module using RFID technology to remove the need for batteries - at least for those prepared to bathe their living room in a two-watt energy field.
Bill Ray, 17 2008
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Toshiba gets tough with for customers

Toshiba has admitted that the flexi construction employed on its super-slim Portégé R500 was just too bendy, and it's toughened up its latest laptops in case punters think they're too flimsy.
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AMD stems the bleeding in Q3

AMD posted revenues of $1.78bn for the third quarter of 2008, up 14 per cent on 2007, and made a net loss $67m - a massive improvement on the $1.19bn it lost in the second quarter.
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NASA's nuclear Mars tank is go

NASA's plans to land a large nuclear-powered robotic tank on Mars are back on track, with the first section of its "sky crane" hovering lander module delivered from the makers and funding problems ironed out.
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Computacenter reports profits slide, warns on market

Computacenter posted decent revenues for the six months ended 30 June 2008 but warned that current trading wasn't that great.
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NASA spots 'gamma ray-only' pulsar

NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope (formerly known as GLAST) has spied the first "gamma ray-only" pulsar - a 10,000 year-old stellar remnant which uniquely doesn't appear to emit pulses at either radio, visible light or X-ray wavelengths in common with the 1,800 or so similar objects catalogued to date.
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Nokia hands Qualcomm €1.7bn to close patent dispute

Nokia has finally revealed the price it paid to settle its acrimonious patent dispute with Qualcomm three months ago.
Joe Fay, 17 2008

Apple MacBook

Review It was no secret that Apple was planning to update its laptop range this month, but the early betting was on a new, budget-priced MacBook to win over even more consumers to the platform.

Ofcom confirms three Freeview HD channels 'by end of next year'

The BBC, ITV and Channel 4 will each offer a Freeview high-definition channel over an upgraded terrestrial TV platform by the end of 2009, broadcasting regulators said today.
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FBI's fraud site spawns UK arrests

Police have arrested five people in the UK in the last few days in connection with a web forum used to trade credit card details and personal information.
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Brit chemist conjures smell of outer space

NASA has commissioned a British chemist to recreate the fragrance of outer space - variously described by astronauts as resembling "fried steak, hot metal and even welding a motorbike", the Daily Mail reports.
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Hoon: Not building überdatabase would be terrorist licence to kill

Transport secretary Geoff Hoon said last night that if the government is not able to harvest details of all internet communications, society will have granted terrorists a licence to kill.
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Google says sorry as Gmail plummets out of the cloud

Google yesterday apologised to Gmail users whose email was out of action for more than a day.
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UK in 80% emissions slash pledge

The UK will reduce its carbon emissions by 80 per cent from 1990 levels by the year 2050, the Brown government has pledged. Plans to subsidise household wind turbines and solar panels were also announced, and a warning was given to energy companies to stop overcharging poorer customers and those with no access to gas.
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US judge rejects lawsuit against God

A US judge has dismissed a lawsuit against God on the grounds that "a plaintiff must have access to the defendant for a case to proceed", the BBC reports.
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Tech gadgetry brings about pet-o-geddon

The nation's pets are at risk of coming a cropper through run-ins with the latest tech toys, according to shock new research.
Sarah Bee, 17 2008
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Netbooks take ten per cent of Euro PC market

First Gartner and now IDC has highlighted the rise of the Small, Cheap Computer as one of key product categories keeping the European PC market afloat.
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Zuckerberg flirts with record labels, eyes digital music biz

Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg wants a slice of the digital music biz action, since the other boys (MySpace) have their own portion.
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Bee Gees belter may help cheat death

The Bee Gees' 1977 falsetto stomper Stayin' Alive could be the latest tool in the fight against people dying, according to a new study.
Sarah Bee, 17 2008
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What are your tech priorities for the next year?

Reg Tech Panel The Reg Technology Panel Barometer study, our annual trawl through your priorities in tech, returns this week with a batch of questions to map your focus, concerns and initiatives for the next 12 months. (You can see past studies here.)
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Tesla axes jobs, temporarily clamps 'affordable' electric car

'Leccy Tech With even the Detroit Big Three staring into the financial abyss it's not surprising that the global fiscal meltdown is hitting smaller players. Electric sportscar developer Tesla has revealed it will be cutting its workforce.
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Invest in Britain, it's fingerprinting good

From next month, business travellers coming to the UK for up to six months will be fingerprinted for a biometric visa, and will have to prove that their visit is genuine, according to new rules announced yesterday by immigration minister Phil Woolas. The new rules do not affect visitors from the EU or countries - such as the United States - with a visa waiver agreement, but add significant hurdles for everybody else.
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Right-on Radiohead - the union busters?

The internet has been great for millionaire music performers and amateurs - it's everyone else in between who gets screwed. Now we have Radiohead's publisher Warner Chappell helping confirm the trend. The publisher's head of business affairs Jane Dyball has divulged some information on the band's "name your own price" offer last year.
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Hustler demands to know Who’s Nailin’ Paylin?

NSFW US pornmonger Hustler has released a trailer for Who’s Nailin’ Paylin?, a "parody" starring Lisa Ann as Alaska's fave MILF who entertains a couple of Russian soldiers and gets jiggy with Hillary Clinton and Condoleeeezza Rice:
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Java in the cloud: hardware-free miracle drug?

Despite huge spending and a never ending supply of new products, enterprise IT is no less complicated than it was a few years ago. Cloud computing with all of its promises is still more of an aspirin for your headache than a cure for your infrastructure disease.

The netbook newbie's guide to Linux

Episode One Thanks to their design as appliances, you can get down to useful work straight away with any of the new breed of Linux-based netbooks. But sooner or later, a fair few folk come up against the unfamiliarity of Linux. And, like the legendary tribe of pygmies, you may find yourself jumping up and down in the head-high long grass shouting out the incantation that gave the tribe its name: "We're the Fukarwi."
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The jury’s in: Effective software delivery

Reg Reader Workshop Over the past few weeks, we’ve been running a series of articles, polls and feedback reports on the subject of software development in general, and agile development in particular. A number of major themes have evolved, notably that agility is not some kind of panacea for all software ills - indeed, in many cases it is as much a symptom of good software development practice as it is a cause.
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Sony unwraps dual-dock iPod hi-fi

Never one to let rivalry get in the way of a bob or two, Sony has rolled out its latest iPod-oriented speaker systems.
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X64 server virtualization maturing already

The box counters at IDC and Gartner know a good thing when they see it, and they both make a pretty good living modelling the economics and shipment rates of all kind of IT hard and softwares. IDC is the first out of the gate, at least publicly, with a model that covers server virtualization.
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Belts tightened in push email

Data pushing vendor Visto has laid off another ten per cent of its staff, though it won't confirm if that means its development will be moving out of the UK entirely.
Bill Ray, 17 2008
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Company without a name unveils mainframe Solaris

The OpenSolaris project and Sine Nomine Associates have announced that Sirius - a Solaris port for IBM mainframes - is ready for action.
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Microsoft greases collaboration on cloud

Microsoft had released the first version of the .NET code that'll underpin collaboration services in the company's planned cloud platform.
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Oz watchdogs howl over 'Cyber-Safety' net filter

Aussie civil liberties watchdogs are warning the country's "Cyber-Safety" internet filter plan won't actually let adults choose to opt-out from web censorship.
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US teen admits to 'Anonymous' DDoS attack on Scientology

A New Jersey man has admitted he participated in January's high-profile cyber attack on the Church of Scientology that took its website offline and caused as much as $70,000 worth of damage.
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Google ends gambling ad self-denial

Yes, Google's self-denial goes only so far.
Cade Metz, 17 2008
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Stardock revises 'Gamer Bill of Rights'

Software publisher Stardock received a hearty round of back pats from PC game enthusiasts when it released "The Gamer's Bill of Rights" back in August. The bill outlined ten "common sense" principles it encouraged game makers to follow.